Tips for authors: On getting (or not getting) reviews

When Forgetting English was first published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009, I learned — after the fact and much to my dismay — that it had never been sent out for reviews. It wasn’t long before I also learned that half of the press’s staff had been laid off and that the press …

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A music blog that every writer should read

I’ve recently become acquainted with The Lefsetz Letter, a blog by — who else? — Bob Lefsetz. It’s a blog about the music industry. And yet there are so many parallels between the music industry and the publishing industry that I recommend this blog to any writer out there who wants to get a feel …

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Tips for authors: How to set up a book tour

Thanks to the release of a new edition of Forgetting English this spring, I’ve spent many weeks this year traveling to venues on both coasts and through the Midwest promoting the book. Among the best things I’ve learned, not only from this tour but from the events I did when the book was first released in …

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Tips for authors: How to create a book trailer

Creating a book trailer is a tough decision for an author — it’s a project that demands a lot of time, energy, sometimes money, and may or may not help sell books. I debated whether or not to make a trailer for Forgetting English when the book first came out in 2009. Even as a …

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Tips for authors: How to do a “virtual book tour”

With Out of Breath‘s virtual book launch party taking place on Monday (you’re invited!), I wanted to offer a few tips for all authors on how to create a virtual book tour. So, what is a “virtual book tour”? It’s simply another way to get out there and do what authors do — talk about …

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